A rowboat sits on the shore. Iris and Eleanor sit on the side of the river, having a pinic. I'm surprised they didn't cut the episode so that we cut to this after Stumpy suggested that Libby and Jonesy were having a picnic. That was a perfect set-up. Oh well. Iris says that Eleanor already looks less tense, and explains that she comes to this spot when she feels "alone, troubled, confused." It's amazing we ever see her in the house, if that's true. Eleanor slowly says, "What I saw was almost like a bad dream." Iris agrees enthusiastically. Eleanor says, "You been mighty good to me and mine." She says that Iris was right; she was just tired. Eleanor suddenly says, "I'm a silly old woman," and she and Iris share a hearty guffaw at her thinking that Brother Justin was evil. Eleanor walks out toward the boat, thanking Iris for her sympathy. She cackles, "I can hardly wait to tell Brother Justin!" Iris, following Eleanor, looks concerned and asks what she means. Eleanor loads the picnic equipment into the rowboat as she giggles, "What I saw. The devil. He'll think it's a hoot!" Heh. Iris isn't so sure that Justin will find the humor in the situation, but Eleanor insists that Justin has a great sense of humor. Which he does, as we've seen, but Iris does have a point. Eleanor says, "After all the poor man's been through lately, lord knows he's --" And then Iris whacks Eleanor over the head with one of the oars. We go to a long shot as Iris hits Eleanor a few more times, just to be sure.
Ben pulls the truck to a stop and hops out. He tells Libby, "Help me," and starts to carry a moaning Jonesy off the truck. Once they've set Jonesy on the ground, Ben tells Libby to get in the truck. Libby whines, "You can't leave him!" Ben snaps that he isn't, but Libby is. He orders her to drive back to the highway. "You lock up all the windows, you lock the doors. You wait for me. Whatever you do, don't get out." Libby snifflingly asks what the heck Ben's on about, and Ben bellows, "Somethin's gonna happen here!" He says that there's no time to explain, and that he doesn't want Libby to get hurt, so she has to go. He shoves her toward the truck, and Libby gets in. Ben yells some more, and Libby drives around the...court that goes to nowhere, and heads back to the highway. Well, that's odd. The road, I mean.
Over the loudspeakers in Shantyville, Otho explains that the President is "an agent of the international Shylock."
And in the Tent of Jericho, Otho elaborates on that idea. Balthus sits in the front row, with an Otho button pinned to his jacket and a disgusted expression on his face. Sofie strolls through the audience as Otho declaims against communism, fascism, and modernism. So he's either opposed to geometric forms and subjectivity, or someone's confusing the Methodists with the Catholics again. (Please don't send me your thesis on Modernism. It was just a joke.) Iris hurries into the tent and takes a seat on the dais next to Brother Justin. Otho urges a hurrah for Americanism, and the Shantyvillians cheer obligingly. Sofie looks around at the whooping crowd. Justin claps politely as he asks Iris, "Where did you disappear to?" Iris looks a little frightened as she answers, "Merely doing your duty." Justin smiles and says that it was time well spent, and then asks where Iris found Sofie. Iris says, "The camp. Why? Isn't she working out either?" Heh. Justin assures Iris that Sofie's face is "inspiring."